49 Common Behavioral Based Interview Questions

Including some form of behavioral based interview questions can help analyze the ability for the candidate to respond to specific situations when hired. Looking for generalized or hypothetical examples from past experiences and perform are proven to increase a company’s retention rate. This concept has been studied and evaluated for more than 30 years, considered a central component of selection at some of the world’s best known companies. The following selection of almost 50 behavioral based interview questions will help narrow down key areas you want to target. 

Can you tell me a time when you were able to effectively “read” another person and guide your actions by your understanding of their individual needs or values?
Describe a decision you made that was unpopular and how you handled implementing it.
Describe a job experience in which you had to speak up to be sure that other people knew what you thought or felt.
Describe a job experience when you successfully communicated with someone that did not personally like you.
Describe a situation in which you felt it necessary to be very attentive and vigilant to your environment.
Describe a stressful situation at work and how you handled it.
Describe a time on any job in which you were faced with stresses which tested your coping skills. What did you do?
Describe a typical day. How do you decide what to work on and what goals to accomplish?
Did you ever make a risky decision? Why? How did you handle it?
Did you ever not meet your goals? Why?
Did you ever postpone making a decision? Why?
Do you listen? Give an example of when you did or when you didn’t listen.
Everyone has to bend or break rules sometimes. Recall an example of when you had to do this.
Give an example of a goal you didn’t meet and how you handled it.
Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.
Give an example of a time in which you had to be relatively quick in coming to a decision.
Give an example of an occasion when you used logic to solve a problem.
Give an example of how you set goals and achieve them.
Give an example of how you worked on team.
Give an example when you persuaded management to do something they were first reluctant to do. What was the result?
Give me an example of a specific occasion in which you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree.
Give me two examples of when you did more than was required in any job experience.
Give some examples of ways you minimize stress in your life.
Have you been in a situation where you didn’t have enough work to do?
Have you ever dealt with company policy you weren’t in agreement with? How?
Have you ever made a mistake? How did you handle it?
Have you gone above and beyond the call of duty? If so, how?
Have you had to convince a team to work on a project they weren’t thrilled about? How did you do it?
Have you handled a difficult situation with a client or vendor? How?
Have you handled a difficult situation with a co-worker? How?
Have you handled a difficult situation with a supervisor? How?
Have you handled a difficult situation with another department? How?
How did you handle meeting a tight deadline?
How do you handle a challenge?
Provide an example of a time in which you had to use your fact-finding skills to gain information for solving a problem.
Provide an example of how you resolved a conflict with you and another person when you disagreed with each other.
Provide me with an example of a time when you had to teach someone a new skill or procedure.
Share an example of how you were able to motivate employees or co-workers.
Tell me a time in which you had to not finish a task because of a lack of information. How did you handle it?
Tell me a time when you were on a team and one of your teammates was not pulling his/her weight. How did you handle it?
Tell me about a time when your supervisor was not satisfied with the quality of your work. What actions did you take?
Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure.
What did you do in your last job to contribute toward a teamwork environment? Be specific.
What do you do if you disagree with a co-worker?
What do you do if you disagree with your boss?
What do you do when your schedule is interrupted? Give an example of how you handle it.
What process do you use to establish priorities? Be specific.
What ways have you found to make your job easier or more rewarding?
When you worked on multiple projects how did you prioritize?

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